For all their talk about keeping government out of our lives and pursuing freedom, the Republican Party sure has a funny way of proving it. First up is this story out of Georgia:
The City Council of Nelson has approved an ordinance that requires each head of household to own a gun. The legislation passed unanimously and goes into effect in 10 days. Nelson, population about 1,300, is about 40 miles north of Atlanta.
So the government shouldn’t have the right to force citizens to purchase healthcare, but they should be allowed to force citizens to purchase guns? Something seems funny there.
Then we had east to North Carolina, where this is the news of the day:
A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.
Republicans. They love the Constitution, until it interferes with their true ideals of tyranny. But this is nothing new. We saw the same thing happen a couple of years ago when plans were out to build a mosque in New York City. Apparently “freedom of religion” should only apply to Christians.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond asking the full 15-judge court to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel last month that overturned the state’s sodomy law.
The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on March 12 that a section of Virginia’s “Crimes Against Nature” statute that outlaws sodomy between consenting adults, gay or straight, is unconstitutional based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2003 known as Lawrence v. Texas.
A darling of the right, Cuccinelli wants to enforce laws saying what you and your partner can and can’t do in the bedroom.
There you have 3 cases in the past 24 hours where Republicans yearn for greater control of government over our lives. They are even to the point that they don’t give a damn about the Constitution in order to enforce it. It’s also at a point where you can’t say that this is a couple Republicans playing lone wolf. Instead we are seeing a distinct movement by the GOP as a whole.
And they wonder why the public perception of them is in such decline.